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Oxygène

Jean-Michel Jarre

1976

Oxygène

Album Summary

Oxygène (French pronunciation: ​[ɔksiˈʒɛn], English: Oxygen) is the third studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre and his first album not intended for use as a soundtrack. Oxygène consists of six tracks, numbered simply "Oxygène (Part I)" to "(Part VI)". It was first released in France in December 1976, on the Disques Dreyfus record label licensed to Polydor, with an international release following in the middle of 1977. The album reached number one on the French charts, number two on the UK charts and number 78 in the US charts. Jarre recorded the album in a makeshift home recording studio using a variety of analogue synthesizers and one digital synthesizer, as well as other electronic instruments and effects. It became a bestseller and was Jarre's first album to achieve mainstream success. It was highly influential in the development of electronic music from that point onward and has been described as the album that "led the synthesizer revolution of the Seventies" and "an infectious combination of bouncy, bubbling analog sequences and memorable hook lines".

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3.07

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4788

Genres

  • Electronica
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Fri Oct 16 2020
5

Can go toe to toe with anything Ambient that Brian Eno ever did. incredibly powerful mood.

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Mon May 10 2021
1

When I saw that all songs were called Oxygène, I knew it would be shit...

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Thu Jan 27 2022
1

Doctor Who backing music made by some dude in his kitchen. No thanks.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

One of the OGs of the style. Still incredible even all these years later.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

Inject this shit directly into my veins

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Jarre is one of the godfathers of electronic music, and this early album is one of his best. Its best known part is certainly Oxygène 4, but one really should listen to this album as a whole, not for individual tracks. Jarre is weaving a tapestry of ever-repeating patterns and introduces gradual over time, so it never gets boring. A classic masterpiece of electronic music. 5/5

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

Yet another seminal electronic album, this time from the 70s. Six parts, all sublime. Utterly good stuff. Favorite is Oxygene, Pt. 5.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Let's all put on clothing made of foil and zoom around on our hoverboards

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

I kept waiting for this album to begin and then it was over. C

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Absolutely wonderful, a rich futuristic cityscape of an album. Definitely going to revisit.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

New space music for coding, blessed

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

This was a real gem, never heard of this cat before and had no idea how big he was. Some really interesting beats and sounds.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Really liked this surprisingly. I'm guessing pretty revolutionary for its' time? Listened with headphones so that made it a beautiful sci-fi soundscape journey.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

The inspiration for countless infomercial and documentary soundtracks. Despite a bit too much theremin vibrato and vaguely muddy mixing, this album is simultaneously the sound of the past and the sound of the future.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Definately like if i was being abducted by an alien play this please

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Fancy hold music

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Thu Mar 17 2022
1

I can respect the inspiration this album had and how groundbreaking this album may have been for its time, but definitely not for me. Sounds like a killer video game soundtrack maybe? I LOVE the album art though, would make a cool tattoo.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Großartig! Atmosphärisch! Spacig! Spannend! Wem ist die Stelle mit dem Mass Effect Vibe aufgefallen? Gleich nochmal hören! Bzw. weiterhören mit Oxygène 2 & 3. Vor seinem Sylvesterkonzert hab ich lang nichts mehr von ihm gehört, aber ich war erfreut, dass er noch aktiv ist. Als Mitbegründer von Electronic mischt er sich heutzutage nahtlos zwischen seine Kollegen.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

pioneer of electronic music, really good listen while working. I knew of him but I'll definitely listen to more

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Really loved this electronic album. Great vibe and great for a background while doing almost anything. A genre defining and birthing album.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Awesome

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Awsome ambient electro album

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

a cosmic journey

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Thu May 20 2021
5

I'm not sure how I have never heard this album. I also can't believe it is over 50 years old! This is an amazing electronic album that takes the listener on a journey.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Outstanding. And given when this came out, way ahead of its time!

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

genialer Synthie Elektro Pop

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

great working music.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

A masterpiece!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

A cracking album!!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Obra maestra.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

awesome album, beginning to end 10/10 based af honestly can’t decide what my favorite song is

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

I liked this album. Listened to some of his work for the rest of the day, and this was probably the best.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

It was a nice breath of fresh air (pun intended)

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Incredibly cool, it felt like I was on a musical journey. Particularly loved parts 2, 3 and 4. The section of 5 where you could hear the music going back and forth from ear to ear was rather fun as well

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

I think this album might be directly responsible for the entire sound of 80s sci-fi and some mainstream sound that's seen even today. For 1976, this shit feels way ahead of its time and it's also super enjoyable to listen to. Parts 3 and 6 are the best ones

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Dramatic, cinematic.I remember watching his outdoor light spectacles on TV as a kid - Oxygene Part 4 brings back those memories. Rich textures, Spacemen 3 learnt from this. It’s very different to Kraftwerk, this is more like waves, more atmospheric. No words, this is music to make you wonder. Dreamy. I love it. Nice to hear an album without lyrics that still very much holds the attention.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Superb. The most beatiful electronica soundscapes put together as a classic symphony, with its different themes being repeated in variations and mixed up maintaing an exciting atmosphere throughout the whole album

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

Ambiance heaven

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

Liked it! Bit trippy

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

I got Gary Numan through this project recently, and was bemoaning the lack of Vangelis on the list, so awarded him the title of "main source of synthesizer soundtracks of the future, from the past". That was shameful Jean-Michel Jarre erasure, and for that, I apologize. Oxygene is great! Exactly my jam. On the one hand, it's the scifi soundtrack to the future TV and movies have been promising me my whole life. On the other hand, it's a nostalgia machine that whisks me back to my childhood. Fave track - well, "Part IV" is the famous, nay, iconic section, but I really enjoyed the frenetic mania of "Part II" this time around. The second half of "Part V" is pretty badass, too....

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Sounds of the future in an entirely accessible format. Also worth checking out Oxygene 2 and 3 albums as well!

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

One of the finest electronic albums and a pioneer of the genre.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Really liked this, and was not familiar at all. I didn't know this level of complexity existed in electronic music in 1976. Very very cool. 5/5

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Fri May 27 2022
5

I feel like I'm playing Stellaris, and I mean that in the best way possible. This kind of music keeps my brain active but I also feel very at peace.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

So this is where the Blade Runner soundtrack got most of its ideas.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Kind of Olfield, I liked electronic music at that time

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Magical

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

In The Meaning of Liff, a book by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, the authors take placenames from around the world and redefine them as words for things and events that don't have a word, but should. For instance, Shoeburyness, formerly an English village, gained the meaning "the vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat that is still warm from somebody else's bottom." Chicago now also refers to "the foul-smelling wind which precedes an underground railway train." The relevant one for today is Zeerust, a South African town and "the particular kind of datedness which afflicts things that were originally designed to look futuristic." Take the original Star Trek, where communicators only performed one task (unlike your phone), and a female uniform ended an inch below the knicker. Jean -Michel Jarre's Oxygène embodies the zeerust of 70s synth pioneer records, but this is not to its detriment. The public perception of Jean-Michel Jarre has always struck me as dissonant, but that could be the Anglo-American perception. Everyone aged 35 or over knows exactly who he is, but they would only be able to name one song (Oxygène Part 4, obviously). Owning this album would make you seem buffy, and any other album smacks of obsession. Yet he holds the world record for the most attended concert, a 1997 Moscow concert celebrating the 350th anniversary of the city, where over 3,500,000 attended: that's more than the populations of Estonia and Latvia combined. Three other concerts of his have previously held that record. So does Europe adore Jean-Michel Jarre? Dunno: I asked a Francophone friend, and he told me that whilst he has some kudos in France as a trailblazer, nobody would be able to tell you a track of his from the 80s or 90s. Anyway, back to the zeerust of Oxygène. The European synth pioneers who have attracted by far the most acclaim are the Germans: Kraftwerk, Neu!, Tangerine Dream, those chaps. The French, whilst not seen as inadequate in the field, have never attained anything like the veneration their synthy krautrock rivals command. But these synth pioneers, regardless of origin, all now sound affectionately quaint. By pursuing the future in their present, they would become anchored to their present, our past. Partly this is just the gamble you take on when you prognosticate so; much of New Romanticism's futurism hasn't bourne out in its favour. Partly this is a side-effect of influence: when others build on your innovations, they will inevitably progress beyond you. But whereas one might presume Oxygène has dated, I don't find that the case. Yes, it's evocative of a specific 70s era I never experienced, but that just adds to the charm. A 6-track, wholly electronic instrumental album by a French avant-garde composer becoming a worldwide smash? That sadly just doesn't happen anymore. Thanks, Adele! But is Oxygène actually good stripped of context? It wholly depends on how beautiful you find it. Eventually, I found it very beautiful indeed. Yes, it may take some time to appreciate this album fully, but by my third listen it had become a treat. I'm happy giving it 5 stars, but that just reflects my impression. If you consider it a bore and a chore, I won't argue to the contrary. See, we can all just get along!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Brutal

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

cool ambient stuff

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Brilliant. Great lead up, great sound, great electronic vibes

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Fun, unusual albub!

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

It’s been 30 years since I last listened to this and it still blows me away, what an album. It was years ahead of its time when released and no one really caught up until the late 80’s by which time Jarre had moved on to other things. 5/5

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Tue Sep 08 2020
4

spacey, vangelis like.

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Wed Nov 11 2020
4

Love this. Probably prefer Zoolook a little more.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Very good instrumental music. Part 4 is the best by far thought.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Such a cool album! Didn't know this kind of music was around in the 70s. Clearly a hugely influential artist!

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Wonderful instrumental music. Synth-heavy with a retro-futuristic vibe

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

1976, instrumental, Electronica, New Age, Ambient, Pop, oxygène pt. 1-6, Übergänge 10/10, 5 ist trippy, nice, ganzes Album trippy, könnte Soundtrack für einen ruhigen science-fiction Film sein (2001-mäßig), seichte 4

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Agradable como fondo musical. Vanguardista y lleno de matices.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

estilo mike oldiedl la 4 la mejor

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Great record, still got the vinyl somewhere.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

I really liked this album

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Space Elevator music

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Great sound, impossible not to get sucked in. It's funny listening to the laser and bomb-drop whistle sound effects now but I think they date it without making it too cheesy. Definitely makes me wanna dust off the old Casio. Made great use of stereo sound too, if a little overplayed. You can hear where so many artists like daft punk, Robert Miles and Ross Gellar got their inspiration.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Can absolutely see how this paved the way for a lot modern day electronics. Despite and impending sense of dread, this album is quite impressed. Ambient, atmospheric and exceptionally modern for its age.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

beep boop noises

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

great atmosphere, progressive futuristic spacey mood with seamless transitions between songs to make one cohesive experience. Didn't completely blow me away (most likely because i've already listened to so much modern electronic music) but it's easy to get sucked into the world of this album and it's creation is truly impressive. 3.5-4/5

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Great chill or work music

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Music to overdose to.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Unieke sound die veel moderne muziek heeft beïnvloed. Met wat inlevingsvermogen kun je je in een andere wereld wanen. Leuk album, maar net niet het maximum van de score

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Another one I know is classic, but have never knowingly listened to. I think there is one track I know, but I'll have to wait and see. A minute in, and this could go Kraftwerk, or could be terrible. Love me some fake singing saw though! At 4:30 on part one it feels a lot like Wendy Carlos' sublime music from A Clockwork Orange. Oxygene 2 has a little more life to it, though it carried on so much I did stop listening in parts - probably more my barbaric ears than a failure of composition. Oxygene 3 opens quite dramatically. But doesn't go anywhere especially, though it is only short. Oxygene 4 is the one I know! When I was growing up in the 80s I think it was the standard piece of music you'd use to immediately signify THE FUTURE. I still like it! Oxygene 5 appears to be like an overture, revisiting the record so far, which was... Okay I suppose? And 6 was pretty dull. All in all, a pleasant surprise. Lots to like here, and an impressive achievement in 1976. Will I revisit it as much as I do Kraftwerk? No, but it was pretty good nonetheless.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Pretty techno-y, dug the vibe. Solid listen. 4.5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

In its time this would have been ground-breaking and a clear 5 for being utterly new and different. Out of context in the modern day when a child with a bit of software could do this, it's slightly less impressive and I find myself rating it purely on composition and production. Still a great listen from time to time when you need ambient electronic tunes without lyrics whilst working. Pt4 is my favourite, though that might be a British thing having grown up hearing it in every seaside arcade for my entire life. I'll definitely continue to listen to this in future.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

// Favs: Pt. 2 / Pt. 3 / Pt.5 Score: Light to Decent 4

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Bells

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

My favorite purely electronic album has a beautiful sense of melody that modern bands like Aphex Twin lack as do contemporaries like Tangerine Dream. Smoke a joint, turn the lights low and be transported to wherever you let the music take you. 4.5 🌟

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Oxygene 4 literally

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

For what it is, this is really good. Better than Kraftwerk. Reminded me of Plantasia. The first song was a bit slow, but after that it never relented. Great album.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Perhaps a bit dated compared to today's standards, but it's certainly ahead of it's time. I would have never guessed this album was 45+ years old. This is essentially just one long song (or two, really) separated into 6 tracks. It feels very much like a sci-fi movie soundtrack, which I like. An undoubtedly influential piece of music. I'll be revisiting this one!

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

I didn't really need to listen to this seminal electronic album from the 70s because I think I've already listened to it a thousand times over the past 45 years. But it never gets old for me so it was a nice refresher over breakfast. Some of the early moog effects such as the laser beam pew pew and ocean sounds are cringe-worthy today, but back in the day this was a really groundbreaking futuristic sound. Along with his peers such as Mike Oldfield and Tangerine Dream, Jarre was on the forefront of electronic music and would go on to influence numerous other electronic bands and what you kids know as EDM. Jarre's sound evolved over the next few albums and his best work was yet to come with Equinoxe, Zoolook and the Concert in China but the ground-breaking influence of this album cannot be denied.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

It’s hard for me to evaluate this without thinking about what I was listening to in 1976: Genesis? Steeley Dan? Punk hadn’t hit Sudbury yet. The more beat oriented tracks on this LP wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the 90s. As they say, it was an influential release. I’ll add a point for that reason, but I like it because songs/hooks are catchy.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Gets my vote for "pretty cool". A smidge dated in spots, but it made my night flight to Nashville a bit more entertaining and, in spots, spooky. Held my attention while not being the center. Really enjoyed this one. Favorite tracks: "Pt. 1", "Pt. 2"

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Vraiment un nice album. En lisant sur l'artiste j'ai appris qu'il est un pionier de l'electro et on voit clairement pourquoi. Définitivement à revisiter.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

This has way more similarity to both Jeff Wayne's War of The Worlds and Wendy Carlos' Clockwork Orange soundtrack than I remembered. The influences of both are clear, and while there is vast amounts of this album that is theramin and plinky-plonk heavy, it is clear that there's a lot of visionary stuff in it. I'd be genuinely interested in finding out if Jarre had any contact with the BBC radiophonic workshop or Carlos, as it really sounds like there's been a lot of cross-pollination.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

Incredible ambient piece from an artist I've never heard of before.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

This album, for not being made for a soundtrack, was incredibly soundtrack-like for the first few songs. I enjoyed the 5th track the most as it reminded me of a lot of songs that have come out in the past decade

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Jag likt hej vad uppe hallå!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Vibin

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

It's pretty good

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

The future is here! Definitely flew its own lane, and stuck to it. Track 4 I had surprisingly heard before, and therefore, the human mind being what it is, was my favourite. 4* as I will listen again when doing stuff that I want to feel futuristic whilst doing.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Música electrónica ambiental. Está bien para trabajar con ella. Un 4.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Really nice electronic album. Was it a bunch of analog synths? Sounded like an 80s movie soundtrack.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Impossible not to imagine a video game loading screen while listening to this. Dude, they should put the "Minecraft: Volume Alpha Soundtrack" in the next edition of this book. Think about it. Video game music is still music and the Minecraft OST is better than like 80% of the music on this list anyways. Did you know that the Minecraft soundtrack takes some inspiration from Jean-Michel Jarre? Me neither, but apparently it does. Listen to the Minecraft soundtrack if you haven't yet, you won't regret it. It's genuinely beautiful. Oh yeah. This album. It's surprisingly really good. Maybe the songs go on for a bit too long. I recognize "Oxygène, Pt. 4" from Limmy's Show.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Oxygène Pt 2 i Pt 4 són dos dels millors temes de la protoelectrònica, i el segon d'ells podria entrar en un Top del millor que va donar la música popular als '70. El disc en sí és el pic de creativitat de Jarre i obté un lloc merescut a la llista de discos que s'han d'escoltar abans de morir.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

I can respect the pioneering work in electronic music with this album. I give it 4 stars for this reason.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Love this. I need to listen to it more - went through a stage of listening to all his stuff in the late 90s.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Gah, this rules. Best Carl Sagan-core album I’ve ever heard? Maybe. 4

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Hypnotizing synth soundscapes. The sound design is immaculate on this and while the songs aren't traditionally structured or catchy, I was really captivated by this.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Ooh, spacey, I like it. A trippy, elegant, slightly eerie electronic odyssey. It makes me want to go star gazing. Fave Songs: Oxygène (Part II), Oxygène (Part IV), Oxygène (Part VI)

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Dawno nie bylo czegos zupelnie instrumentalnego, wiec jest Oxygene pana Jeana Michela Jarre, jest to jego trzeci studyjny krazek i pierwszy album ktory sprzedal sie mainstreamowo, a gatunkowo jest to elektronika tworzona na analogowych syntezatorach plus jednym digitalowym, bo jest to plyta z 76, wiec wydaje sie byc jednym z pionierow takiego sposobu tworzenia muzyki, opartej wylacznie na syntezatorach i efektach ktore oferuja, bo obok dzwiekow przypominajacych klasyczne instrumenty pojawiaja sie takze wariacie, ktore lubie okreslac jako kosmiczne echa i tym podobne szumy, trzaski i piski, dlatego tez obok ambientu nasuwa sie skojarzenie z kosmiczna muzyka jak u kraftwerkowcow, ale tutaj panuje bardziej kosmiczny ambient, calosc jest spojna i przyjemna w odsluchu, prawie 40 minut materialu jest podzielone na szesc trakow, ktore sa wylacznie zatytulowane nazwa albumu i partem, bo rownie dobrze moglaby to byc jedna calosc, bo podczas odsluchu traki dosc plynnie przechodza w kolejne, dawno nie bylo instrumentali i rownie dawno nie czulem czegos tak neutralnie naturalnego w odsluchu, a chociaz za elektronika nie przepadam jestem oczarowany ta plyta, bo bije z niej taki spokoj, doslownie czilera utopia i gdy zamkne oczy prawie czuje sie jakbym znowu lezal pod gwiezdzistym niebem na mokrej juz trawie nie myslac o tym co bedzie trzeba robic jutro, wiec jestem kupiony tym albumem, nie dodaje poszczegolnych trakow na plejke, bo z elektronicznej i tak rzadko kiedy slucham, ale caly album leci do biblioteczki spotifajowej, jak tak pomysle to calkiem sporo francuzkiej elektroniki mi podchodzi, patrzac nie tylko przez pryzmat listy, ale bardziej ogolnie, przypadek, nie sadze

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Another repeat. 2 days in a row. Brilliant. But not Kraftwerk brilliant.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

4.75

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Nice for concentrating during work

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Standout Tracks: Oxygène Parts 1 & 2

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Cool synth album, relaxing

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Maybe I do like electronica?

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Ayo this is pretty fucking neat. Early electronic that feels like floating through space? yes please, it's solid as fuck.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Surprisingly good. Like any electronica there is a lot of repetition but Jarre manages to shift gears just enough so it’s never boring.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Not something I realised I had listened to previously, but quite enjoyable.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

a really nice futuristic and synth-like album to listen to

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Fascinating, explorative, and transformative for the time! It didn't catch me, but it's lovely in the background.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

This album is going to be next go to for either farming in a game or getting work done. Very chill, spacious, and otherwordly. Entirely ahead of its time as well, considering this is from the 70s. I can already hear parts of this album that other artists took inspiration from in their own songs. Bizarre and ethereal with driving beats. A new background favorite.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Tres atmosphérique. It 1976 it sounded like it was from the future, now it IS the future and it still sounds like it's from the future future.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Música electrónica ambiental. Está bien para trabajar con ella. Un 4.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

I normally can't stand listening to straight up electronic music, but this album is genuine art. It is very well composed rather than feeling like it's testing out all the noise settings on a synthesizer. The album listens like a suite from start to finish, so picking a favorite track feels disingenuous. But I really enjoyed this

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Pleasant enough

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

This is a fantastic, historical album.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

yessir. i mean i just love this kinda stuff, very cohesive and very sexy. only comment is the melodies sometimes feel a little lackluster and since they’re so important it does bring down the experience a bit low 4.5

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

This is really cool, I definitely prefer this older style of ambient to stuff like Aphex Twin (which I tend to find a bit more jarring), and also to Kraftwerk, which is just too robotic. This is way smoother (probably shouldn't go too heavy on the French vs German stereotypes, but fits well here!) Feels very 'old sci-fi' in its vibe, which isn't a bad thing, could quite easily get lost in this and would imagine it is excellent fun to listen to whilst tripping. 4/5.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Dit is echt jeugdsentiment. Zo vet!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Altijd leuk, instrumentale meuk uit de jaren '70. Was ooit nog de tune voor een Teleaccursus 'De Planeten' (ken je klassiekers) en is gebruikt voor nog 100 andere dingen. Nu nog Tubular Bells van Mike Oldfield en de soundtrack van Bassie en Adriaan is compleet :-)

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

I saw electronic album and figured I'd be in for a bad time, but the year did give me some hope, and hey, this was far better than I expected! It did something a lot of later electronic albums seem to forget as time goes on, which is to actually do something with your time. If you're going to take up ten minutes of my time, at least have it go somewhere, and this one did, at least moreso than expected. Was it a little goofy sounding at parts? Yes, but in a good way, really feeding into itself. My only wish is that some of the parts were split up a little more. Not removed, but split up, as I really enjoyed the first half of Part 5, but the second half wasn't quite my thing, and it also had a pretty big change, like it was supposed to be two parts but they kept it one to have less parts. Overall, surprisingly good, and if people are comparing this to Eno, then I have hopes when I get to his ambient stuff.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Very cool atmospheric electronica... that does enough to drive itself forward and capture a groove and vibe and key times. It's remarkable this was recorded in 1976... it holds up well and was a nice surprise in the list.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Prefs : Part II, Part IV, Part VI Moins pref: Part III

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Nice ambient electronica. I wish it had a bit more bass/drum but overall decent, especially considering the time it was produced.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

It reminds me of a soundtrack to a space video game. Soothing to listen to and the sounds were very rich. Not really the type of music I like listening to but I enjoyed the experience.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

It's electronica with a melody, which is a minor miracle. I almost gave it a higher score because it exceeded my expectations by not completely sucking. You can tell it's from the 70s because of the lasers and other space noises. Best track: Oxygène IV

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

Different, meh

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Cool sounding album. The sound effects were probably before its time. I feel like movies have used these songs in there sound track.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Blim. Blim blam.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Reminds me very much of Vangelis' music. Had to listen to "Fields of Coral" by Vangelis in the middle of this. I think since its release, there have been better version of synth instrumental albums that I've discovered before this so it's going to be an unremarkable album in my opinion.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

It's not the most remarkable album until you consider that it's early electronic music from the 70s when it was hard to do a bunch of that stuff. Latter tracks in the album were better. Interesting how many modern electronic musicians still come back to those great early synth sounds.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

I feel like I might derive more from this with repeated listening a and closer attention but as it went it stayed pretty well background, pleasant enough but making faint impression.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

This was fascinating and I can see how it lead to modern day electronic music.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

cosmic sound

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Måste ha varit en banbrytande skiva när den kom. Jag tycker man tydligt hör att "War of the worlds" av Jeff Wayne som kom två år senare har "lånat" väldigt mkt från framför allt Oxygene, Pt.2. Bästa spåren, Oxygene, Part 2, Part 4 & Part 6

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Very atmospheric, predictably. A pleasant listen. Super influential, from what I've read.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Great synth/ambient/space tunes. Fimilar with him but not this album.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

3.3 - Probably a good example of early instrumental ambient scifi synth. Some solid and timeless sounds - probably impressive for 1976 but nothing special in 2021.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Basically 40 mins of the Hartbeat gallery music, which isn't an entirely bad thing. Oxygene Pt. 4 is the 'magician on TV doing something mystical or a spy being spooky' music. Exactly what I imagined a JMJ album would be.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Without this album there probably wouldn't have been the stone-cold-classic "Bing Bong" by SFA

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Entrancing. I wonder how much this type of music is created for direct listening or background listening

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

De origine van elektronische muziek. Niet zo verkeerd. Goed om geluisterd te hebben

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

I enjoyed this. Decent piece of music.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Interesting

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

I typically don't love electronic music, but I think that's more on the EDM side - this reminded me a lot of Brian Eno, which I liked a good bit. Cool sci-fi vibes and good studying/working music

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Really enjoyed and hard to believe it’s almost 50 years old. Would def revisit

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

It's not something that I'd ever listen to again but I still kind of enjoyed it as an imaginary sci-fi soundtrack. Best track: Oxygène (Part V)

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Evocative synth instrumentals in the vein of Vangelis. I enjoyed.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

I feel like I’d enjoy whatever non-existent sci-fi movie this album would soundtrack more than the actual album, but it’s pretty aight.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

An intriguing journey into historical electronica. Chill grooves

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Perfectly fine ambient music. Added to my study playlist

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Whilst admirable for its innovation, it feels a little like a museum piece now. A bit dusty.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

It was cool, but I don't really care for it. It's not something I'm going to come back to, but it's pretty cool to hear early electronic music. Highlights: 2, and 4.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

It's very vibey. I think the album is a lot like laying in the middle of the ocean; it's peaceful and serene, but there's a sense of uncertainty and anxiety underneath. As for listening through it, it was alright, but the longer songs tend to drag on a bit. Favorite track: Part 4

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Well as in "they walked so the predecesors could fly" I understand the inclusion of this album on the list. the best in electronic music was yet to come in 77.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Cool for an electronic album made in the '70s, just not really my thing.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Part BBC Radiophonic Workshop/Doctor Who/sci-fi soundtrack, part Kraftwerk, part prog, part Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and part Patrick Cowley/disco. Sure, parts of ‘Oxygene’ are a bit derivative, but equally, other parts are startlingly iconic and original. It sounds simultaneously dated and futuristic, but that’s part of its overall charm.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Sadly didn’t get to hear it all. It was new and different at the time and good to hear again. ***

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Ethereal synthesizer for over an hour

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Wiiiiwooooooowaaaaa

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

futuristic for its time but a bit too ambient and somewhat lacking drive

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

This is not the type of album I usually like, but it kept me well entertained the whole time. I like the overall vibe

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Boy, this album keeps going, doesn't it. I'm ordinarily a fan of early MOOG synthesizer stuff like this, but this album is so slow, it's hard to do anything with it but put in on in the background and ignore it. It works fine for that purpose, but it contrasts pretty sharply with, for instance, Plantasia by Mort Garson, which was released the same year and felt like it had much more of a concept to it. I can see why this album is highly regarded in the history of electronic music, but I don't think it holds up without its historical context 3/5

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Not my kind of thing, but can hear its influence in loads of stuff. Instrumentals with only electronic sounds get very repetitive very fast.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

I imagine this electronics being influential and big at the time, but it was fine background music

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Interesting, I would not have paid for it.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Enjoyed it

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

I listened to less than 10 min of this at home and it wasn't doing much for me but I had to drive to Ajax tonight so I tried again in the car. I used the YouTube link which I later learned was a remastered extended version. Something about the car stereo and being in an enclosed space made it quite enjoyable. This music is made for headphones.  The only parallels I can draw are that  some of the extended mix sounded like laser fire on that ancient video game called Galaxia and the last half of Pt 5 sounds like the music played on 1970s porn. What's not to like?

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

its good but not great, it sounds ahead of its time but dated nowadays

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Pretty smooth and relaxing. Really enjoyed!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Pretty awesome soundscapes. Definitely someone I imagine Daft Punk would be inspired by. Interesting to think about how he did this with the limited technology of the time. Each part flowed into the next smoothly!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Not the kind of music I usually listen to but I liked it. Interesting and captivating sounds. 3.5/5

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Better than I would’ve thought

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Nice, this is like the French answer to Mike Oldfield.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Kind of trippy electronica that I liked but probably don't need to hear too often. Nice to discover though!

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

3.5

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Abgespaced im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Filmmusik, Star Wars Laser, Clockwork Orange. Man hört dass jemand mal einfach fett das potenzial von Synthies ausreizen wollte :-) Vangelis lässt grüßen

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Interessant, insgesamt besser als erwartet. Hatte das Gefühl dass dabei die Hausarbeit besonders episch war 😅

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Love the soothing feel of JMJ. Have not listened to this one for years and years. Brings back great memories. I prefer the group "tangerine dream" which has a similar sound.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

De va swag!

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Bien. Conocía Oxygene, Pt. 4. Soy más de Mike Olfield. Aunque, en general, está bien el músico éste.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Makes me think of background music for a movie about space

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Extremely soundtracky… nice to have on in the background, but nothing I’d ever buy!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

3/5. Classic early electronica.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

Boring for me.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

I hated this stuff in my youth. These days it's tolerable but I never reach for it.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Wasn't quite what I was expecting. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

I was going to say, this sounds like the Gallipoli soundtrack. Oxygene Pt 2 IS on the Gallipoli soundtrack. I have heard this song about 200 times and never knew who it was.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Well that was some crystal-gripping gear. My kids felt like they were in space. I enjoyed the review "when I saw every track was call oxygen I knew it would be shit"

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Still not really my thing, and it probably never will be, but I can appreciate it as quality regardless. I’d just personally never choose to listen to it. C

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Decent background music

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

p367. 1976. 3 stars Primeval trippy electro music from the 70s, and hence a high degree of musical wankage. Outstays its welcome on most of the tracks, and oh my, didn't someone have fun passing those synth sounds from speaker to speaker? Vangelis did this kind of thing much better IMHO. Perfectly acceptable of its kind, but it's all a bit pompous and sterile.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Revolutionary but a bit boring. Futuristic but very dated.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Nice ambient stuff, it makes for good listening and clearly impressive for its time but nothing too exciting going on

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Electrónica

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Surprisingly dope. Feels like I'm shooting lasers in a cyberpunk disco 3

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

I'd never heard of this guy (and yet he has the largest ever attended concert in history!?) and I always am sceptical of electronic music on this list, but this was okay. Not amazing, but not the worst thing. It has good production made for something in the 70s though. 3.5/5

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